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Are you even cut out to be an entrepreneur?

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Sometimes entrepreneurs don’t ask the necessary questions before starting a business . This can lead to big problems down the road. Before you take the plunge into entrepreneurship, ask yourself these four questions:

1. Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

2. What are my goals for my business?

3. How much money do I need to start my business?

4. What are the risks involved in starting a business?

Answering these questions honestly will help you decide if entrepreneurship is right for you. It’s not an easy path, but it can be very rewarding. If you’re up for the challenge, then go for it!

8 things to consider when starting a business.

You need to start

Ideas are in abundance. There are clever ideas everywhere. How often do you hear people say, “oh I had this great idea but then someone else did it”. But ideas are useless if you can’t put them into practise.

Seriously, execution is the key to success in business. So when you go through the information on this website and come up with side business ideas, really consider what you can do with your time and skills.

It often takes a while to learn this. Before the successful businesses there will be the failed ones. How come they fail? Because frequently there’s no follow through. The same factor contributes to how many startups fail. The key to becoming a successful entrepreneur is execution.

Many people have worthwhile concepts. In fact, your concept is likely shared by at least five other people at this very moment. So, when you have a great idea, follow it up with 10 more. Then, be prepared to put your concept into action and give it everything you have.

Find something you love. A lot.

Being a sole proprietor or an entrepreneur is often awful. Like, really, it stinks. Your blog, product, service, etc., will need a lot of time to get off the ground.

You must adore it. If you don’t truly love it, you won’t continue with it and you won’t put in the “above and above” effort that it usually takes for a company to reach a turning point.

I made the mistake of trying to build my first app firm in a market (nightclub reservations) that I had no interest in. It was a fantastic plan, to be sure, but I was unable to follow through because I disliked going to clubs and finally grew bored.

You must truly love what you do because this will come through in your pitches, your product, and your willingness to work late into the night when no one else is looking.

Be honest, do you have the skills and resources to make it happen?

Before starting any business, it’s important to be honest about how much time you have to devote to it and whether or not you currently possess the necessary talents to be successful at it. Or, if you lack the necessary talents, how long it will take you to acquire the necessary resources AND new abilities, as well as how likely it is that you will make the necessary time commitment.

For instance, let’s go back to the mobile app example. Nowadays, everyone has an idea for a new mobile app, but if you don’t know how to code, it will take you a lot longer to get it off the ground.

You can certainly learn to code as a part of your business, but be aware that it will take you a lot longer to launch and a lot longer to start seeing a profit.

I advise you to choose an idea that you can easily implement and that only demands a modest amount of money. Investing a lot of money or money you can’t afford into an idea is absolutely not a good idea.

What’s the market doing? Check the demand and competition.

Before starting any business, you need first analyse and comprehend the market
because if there are too many competitors offering the same thing or no one wants
what you have to offer, you won’t make any money.

Basically, there are three ways to compete: on price, value, or both.

Therefore, you have two options: either be less expensive than your rival, provide
greater value at the same price, or be less expensive and provide more.

You can charge more money and earn more money if there is a great demand for
your service or product. Supply and demand, or the number of individuals who want
to buy something (customers) and the number of persons selling it, influence market

You must do market research on the need for your service or product idea if you
truly want to maximise your side hustle earnings.

While market demand research doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time, the
more you understand about the industry, the simpler it would be for you to produce
and advertise your product or service.

Asking your potential consumers what they want through in-person conversations
or online surveys, as well as using Google Keyword Planner to examine Google search
volume data, are three simple techniques to determine the market demand for a service
or product.

How much money can you realistically make?

This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on the market, your product, and your level of commitment. However, there are some general rules that you can follow.

To start, you should always reinvest a significant portion of your profits back into the business. This will help you grow and scale your business more quickly.

Secondly, you should always be mindful of your burn rate, or the rate at which you are spending money. If your burn rate is too high, you will run out of money quickly and will not be able to sustain your business in the long-term.

Finally, you should always think about how you can automate or outsource certain tasks in order to free up your time so that you can focus on more important things.

In short, there is no easy answer to this question. It really depends on a number of factors. However, if you are smart about your spending and are always thinking about ways to grow and scale your business, you will be in a much better position to succeed.

What are the risks and rewards?

Every business comes with its own set of risks and rewards. It is important to understand both before making any decisions.

Some of the risks associated with starting a business include: financial risk, legal risk, reputational risk, operational risk, and market risk.

Some of the rewards associated with starting a business include: financial gain, autonomy, freedom, satisfaction, and the ability to make a difference.

The best way to mitigate risk is to do your research and be prepared for anything that might come your way. Additionally, it is important to have a solid plan in place and to always be thinking about ways to grow and scale your business.

What are your long-term goals?

It is important to have long-term goals for your business in order to stay motivated and focused. Some things you might want to consider include:

-How much money do you want to make?

-How many customers do you want to serve?

-What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?

-What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

No matter what your goals are, it is important to have a clear and concise plan for how you are going to achieve them. Additionally, it is important to revisit your goals regularly and make adjustments as necessary.

What are your next steps?

If you are considering starting a business, there are a few things you should do in order to get started. First, you should come up with a great business idea. This can be something you are passionate about or something you think there is a need for in the market. Once you have an idea, you should start doing some research to see if there is a demand for your product or service. Additionally, you should start putting together a business plan. This should include things like your financial projections, marketing strategy, and target market. Finally, you should start seeking out funding for your business. This can come from personal savings, loans, or investors.


Starting a business is a huge decision that should not be taken lightly. There are a lot of things to consider before taking the plunge. However, if you are prepared and have a great business idea, the rewards can be tremendous. Just remember to do your research, have a solid plan in place, and always be thinking about ways to grow and scale your business.

Side Hustles NZ

Hey, I’m Rachel! I started Side Hustles NZ in 2021 with the goal of helping Kiwi’s start and grow small businesses in New Zealand. During the week you’ll find me discussing side hustle ideas in our Facebook group, working in my website design business, or riding my horses.

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